In this issue, we seek inspiration from the natural world. Deer antlers help surgeons build better prostheses, and scientists studying hibernation in arctic ground squirrels find a possible key to understanding Alzheimer’s disease. Biomimicry visionary Janine Benyus fights to restore natural balance on a parcel of land in Montana, and in Oregon, naturalists grapple with the ethics of killing one species of owl to protect another owl’s habitat.
Plus, how essay structures work on the human brain; 50 years of women writers exploring wilderness; hermit-crab essays; Thoreau’s remarkably elaborate journaling process; tiny truths; and more.
Beth Ann Fennelly
As the snow falls ever heavier and the temperature drops ever lower in the author's hometown, she ventures out into a world of white. more
Edited by Lee Gutkind
Addressing bipolar disorder, OCD, trichotillomania, self-harm, PTSD, and other diagnoses, these original true stories vividly depict the difficulties and sorrows--and sometimes, too, the unexpected and surprising rewards--of living with mental illness. more
WINTER COURSES START JANUARY 9, 2017, and include classes on Advanced Memoir & Personal Essay, Creative Nonfiction Boot Camp, Eureka! Science Writing for General Audiences, Flash Essays, NEW! The Blank Page: Working Through Writer's Block, Narrative Journalism (formerly Magazine Writing), The Thirty-Minute Memoir, Writing Your Nonfiction Book Proposal, & Writing the Personal Essay. more